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Painters Union withdraws labor complaint against employer

03.04.12

MARCH 2012, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Painters Union withdraws labor complaint against employer

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, February 17th- The Painters and Allied Trades International Union (PATIU) District Council 21, which members work within the construction trade industry, have withdrawn their labor complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia that alleged a Lehigh Valley employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRact).

In the January edition of the newspaper it was exclusively reported that PATIU District Council 21 filed Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges against Valley Wide Painting and Decorating, 2222 West Columbia Street in Allentown, alleging the company violated the National Labor Relations Act.

The newspaper discovered the labor complaint while reviewing the information filed at the National Labor Relations Board office in Philadelphia. The Union News is the only member of the local media that reviews and publishes the information.

According to the ULP, District Council 21 alleged Valley Wide Painting violated Section 8(a), subsections (1) and (5) of the NLRAct. The complaint was filed on behalf of the Union by PATIU District Council 21 office in Drums, Luzerne County. District Council 21 Business Agent Ken Kraft was identified on the ULP as the contact representative for the union.

Local Union 1269 represents PATIU members throughout the Lehigh Valley.PATIU alleged on the complaint the company failed to make payments to the union stated within the collective bargaining agreement between the parties for employees working for the painting contractor. Also, the company did not make fund payments as per the contract agreement and coerced members of the Union to drop their membership in PATIU and go to work with Valley Wide Painting as a nonunion employee.

The NLRB comfirmed that the ULP was withdrawn by the Union in January, however the actual date was not comfirmed.

The Union first filed the ULP on November 21st, 2011 but amended the complaint on November 30th, 2011.

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